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 Thursday, Mar 5 
Hundreds stranded in snow on Kentucky highway (CNN)
A morning weather report indicated that over a 15-hour span, 21 inches of snow had fallen on Elizabethtown, about 50 miles south of Louisville. Other parts of Kentucky, along with parts of Ohio to the north and Tennessee to the south, have seen more than a foot of snow.

 Thursday, Mar 5 
State of Emergency declared for Kentucky (WLKY)
Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a State of Emergency for Kentucky.

 Thursday, Mar 5 
Full Time Paramedic: McLean County Ambulance Service, Calhoun (McLean) Ky

 Wednesday, Mar 4 
EMS leaders studying suicide and mental health in emergency responders (EMS1)
EMS providers are needed to respond to survey about stress, emotional unrest, and lack of resources.

 Wednesday, Mar 4 
Doctors and nurses say Kentucky seat belt law dangerously insufficient (WDRB)
Local doctors and nurses are saying children's lives are at stake and Kosair Children's Hospital is among those begging Frankfort to fix a law they say is broken.

 Wednesday, Mar 4 
Medical helicopter forced to land after duck collision (EMS1)
A medical helicopter carrying a patient was forced to make an emergency landing in Calhoun on Monday night.

 Wednesday, Mar 4 
Bill to honor emergency responders passes Senate (Elizabethtown News Enterprise)
A bill that would include Ken­tucky emergency response personnel to those honored by flying the United States flag at half-staff when members are killed in the line of duty cleared the Senate on Tuesday.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
When does pride become arrogance? (EMS1)
Let others cheer your EMS accomplishments instead of a boastful T-shirt or hoodie.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
Red Cross launches BLS course for health care providers (EMS1)
The American Red Cross announced a new Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course with the ability to tailor material to meet specific training needs.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
Farm Safety Symposium Ponders 'A Parent's Worst Nightmare' (surfky)
It's a parent's worst nightmare, a phone call or a knock on the front door from authorities bearing the news that a loved one has been killed or injured in an accident.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
All eyes on the winter storm (WKYT)
We are tracking a significant storm heading our way the next couple days that will have a major impact on us.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines now available (EMS World)
The project was developed for the purpose of helping state EMS systems ensure a more standardized approach to the practice of prehospital patient care.

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
Firefighter/Paramedic: Montgomery County Fire/EMS, Mount Sterling (Montgomery) KY

 Tuesday, Mar 3 
Firefighter/EMT: Montgomery County Fire/EMS, Mount Sterling (Montgomery) KY

 Monday, Mar 2 
Barren County reinstitutes use of 10-codes (EMS1)
Emergency personnel in Barren County are again using 10-codes instead of plain language in everyday radio communications.

 Monday, Mar 2 
Three years since tornado outbreak (WDRB)
Monday marks three years since the deadly March 2nd tornado outbreak.

 Monday, Mar 2 
A wild weather week ahead (WKYT)
We have some wild temperatures swings, flooding potential and more snow on the way through the next several days.

 Monday, Mar 2 
PRN EMT: Ballard County Ambulance Service, LaCenter (Ballard) KY

 Sunday, Mar 1 
Heavy rains to more snow this week (WKYT)
Morning wintry mix potential will be a pretty common feature in our forecast during the next few days.

 Sunday, Mar 1 
Lexington firefighter amazed at international attention over video of cat rescue (Lexington Herald Leader)
Lexington firefighter Anthony "AJ" Johnson says he's amazed that a short Web video of him helping to save a cat at a recent fire earned him a live interview on Australian television this week.

 Saturday, Feb 28 
Public access bleeding kits can help save lives (EMS World)
A south Florida town recently implemented a program to place severe bleeding kits in all of the town-owned buildings and train everyone to use the tourniquets in the kits.

 Friday, Feb 27 
Louisville consolidating emergency services into a single agency (WDRB)
Louisville is changing the way it responds to emergencies. The city is consolidating MetroSafe, Emergency Management and EMS into a single Emergency Services Agency.

 Friday, Feb 27 
Paramedic - Part Time/PRN: Owen County EMS, Owenton (Owen) KY

 Thursday, Feb 26 
CPR training bill passes Kentucky House (WYMT)
Kentucky's public high schools would be expected to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation training to students under a bill that has passed the state House.

 Thursday, Feb 26 
Barren-Metcalfe EMS: $500K worth of new ambulances needed (Glasgow Daily Times)
At the board’s first meeting of the year Wednesday, members were asked for approval for the staff to prepare specifications so it can advertise for bids for new ambulances that would cost roughly half a million dollars.

 Thursday, Feb 26 
One lane now open on I-75 in Whitley County following rock slide (WYMT)
One lane of southbound I-75 at mile point eight is now open.

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Kentucky Legislative Session: The 2015 Kentucky Regular Legislative Session is a short session limited to 30 days that began with Part 1 on January 6. A break began January 10 and Part 2 convened on February 3. Feb. 6 was the last day for new bill requests. Feb. 13 was the last day for new Senate bills and Feb. 23 was the last day for new House bills. The legislature will not meet during the Veto Period of March 12 through March 21. The final two days scheduled are March 23 through March 24. The schedule may change.
   Read How a Bill Becomes Law to learn how a bill goes through the Legislative process, including how it can be changed and passed without any public knowledge.
Bills of interest to EMS:
  • 911 emergency services, funding for - HB 418: Feb 10-introduced in House. Feb 11-to Appropriations & Revenue (H).
  • 911 fees, collection of by local governments - HB 190: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Local Government (H). Feb 12-posted in committee.
  • Amusement ride injuries, emergency transport procedures for - HB 525: Feb 23-introduced in House. Feb 24-to Agriculture & Small Business (H). Feb 25-taken from Agriculture & Small Business (H); 1st reading; returned to Agriculture & Small Business (H); posting waived. Feb 26-taken from Agriculture & Small Business (H); 2nd reading; returned to Agriculture & Small Business (H). Feb 27-reported favorably, to Rules as a Consent Bill; taken from Rules; placed in the Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015. Mar 2-3rd reading, passed 95-0; received in Senate. Mar 3-to Agriculture (S).
  • Boating safety, electric shock drowning prevention, marina requirements for - HB 385: Feb 9-introduced in House. Feb 10-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - HB 213: Feb 9-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H). Feb 10-taken from Judiciary (H); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (H); floor amendment (1) filed; posting waived. Feb 11-floor amendment (2) filed ; reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules with committee amendment (1). Feb 12-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015; floor amendments (3) (4) (5) and (6) filed. Feb 13-3rd reading; floor amendment (1) defeated ; passed 98-0 with committee amendment (1), floor amendments (3) (5) and (6). Feb 19-received in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S). Feb 20-to Judiciary (S).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - HB 61: Nov 20-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols for deaths relating to - SB 5: Jan 6-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S). Jan 7-taken from Committee on Committees (S); 2nd reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Judiciary (S). Jan 8-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, January 8, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 36-0 with Committee Substitute. Jan 9-received in House. Feb 9-to Judiciary (H). Feb 23-posted in committee. Mar 3-taken from Judiciary (H); 1st reading; returned to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 112: Jan 6-introduced in House. Jan 8-to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 3: Jan 6-introduced in House. Jan 8-to Health & Welfare (H); floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed. Jan 8-to Health & Welfare (H); floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed. Feb 3-posted in committee.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 53: Nov 11-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols relating to - HB 83: Dec 10-Prefiled by the sponsor. Jan 8-Withdrawn.
  • Controlled substances, penalties and protocols, relating to - HB 50: Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • CPR training in high school, requirement for - HB 249: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Education (H). Feb 13-posting waived. Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2015. Feb 26-3rd reading, passed 94-1. Feb 27-received in Senate. Mar 2-to Education (S).
  • Death in the line of duty, benefits, eligiblity for - SB 175: Feb 13-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to State & Local Government (S).
  • Emergency 911 services, funding for - SB 202: Feb 13-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S).
  • Emergency allergy treatment, requirements - HB 139: Jan 7-introduced in House. Jan 9-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 10-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day.
  • Emergency departments, requiring Medicaid MCO coverage of emergency medical conditions - HB 283: Feb 4-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 13-posted in committee. Feb 23-posting withdrawn.
  • Emergency departments, requiring Medicaid MCO coverage of emergency medical conditions - SB 88: Feb 3-introduced in Senate. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (S).
  • Health, require notice of air ambulance coverage and cost of coverage if provided - HB 171: Jan 9-introduced in House. Feb 3-to Banking & Insurance (H). Feb 6-posted in committee. Feb 11-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute. Feb 12-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 17, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2015. Feb 24-3rd reading, passed 96-0 with Committee Substitute. Feb 25-received in Senate. Mar 2-to Banking & Insurance (S).
  • Human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, continuing education update - HB 248: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 10-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day. Feb 24-floor amendment (1) filed. Feb 25-3rd reading, passed 98-0 with floor amendment (1). Feb 26-received in Senate. Mar 2-to Health & Welfare (S). Mar 4-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title).
  • Medical order for scope of treatment, permit to direct medical interventions - SB 77: Jan 9-introduced in Senate. Feb 3-to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 5-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 10-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 10, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 32-3; received in House. Feb 11-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015. Mar 3-3rd reading, passed 87-8. Mar 4-received in Senate; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor.
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - HB 398: Feb 10-introduced in House. Feb 11-to Judiciary (H).
  • Medical review panel, utilization in health care provider litigation - SB 6: Feb 3-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-taken from Health & Welfare (S); 2nd reading; returned to Health & Welfare (S); floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6-title) (7-title) (8) (9) and (10) filed. Feb 5-reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; floor amendments (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) and (18) filed to Committee Substitute ; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 5, 2015; 3rd reading; floor amendments (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (8) (9) and (10) withdrawn ; floor amendments (6-title) and (7-title) ruled out of order ; passed 24-12 with Committee Substitute. Feb 6-received in House. Feb 9-to Judiciary (H). Mar 4-discharge petition filed.
  • Naloxone, allow administration to third parties by first responders and others - HB 253: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 9-posted in committee. Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 23-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2015; returned to Rules. Feb 24-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 26, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day.
  • Naloxone, prescribing, dispensing, and use of - HB 105: Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Personnel, honoring death of, U.S. flag half-staff - SB 161: Feb 12-introduced in Senate. Feb 19-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S). Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules. Mar 2-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Mar 3-3rd reading, passed 34-2; received in House. Mar 4-to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H); taken from Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H); 1st reading; returned to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Safety (H); posting waived.
  • Providers, eligibility for in-the-line-of-duty death benefits - HB 159: Jan 8-introduced in House. Jan 9-to Appropriations & Revenue (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 25-taken from Appropriations & Revenue (H); 1st reading; returned to Appropriations & Revenue (H).
  • Stroke, require establishment of protocol regarding - SB 10: Feb 3-introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S); taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S); to Health & Welfare (S). Feb 4-reported favorably, 2nd reading, to Rules. Feb 5-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 5, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 36-0. Feb 6-received in House. Feb 9-to Health & Welfare (H). Feb 24-posted in committee. Feb 26-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar. Feb 27-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Monday, March 2, 2015; taken from the Consent Orders of the Day, placed in the Regular Orders of the Day. Mar 4-3rd reading, passed 99-0; received in Senate.
  • Substance abuse, treatment of - HB 41: Sep 26-Prefiled by the sponsor. To Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare. Jan 6-introduced in House; to Judiciary (H).
  • Training, suggested annual training on Alzheimer's disease - HR 46: Feb 3-introduced in House. Feb 5-to Health & Welfare (H).

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